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This weeks tip comes from our Customer Service Representative Ryan.

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Ryan and the Federal Trade Commission say…

Identity theft is a serious crime.  It occurs when your personal information is stolen and used without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes.  Identity theft can cost you time and money.  It can destroy your credit and ruin your good name.

Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information.

*     Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information before you discard them.

*     Protect your Social Security number.  Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet or write your Social Security number on a check.  Give it out only if  absolutely necessary or ask to use another identifier.

*     Don’t give out personal informtion on the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you know who you are dealing with.

*     Never click on links sent in unsolicited emails; instead, type in a web address you know.   Use  firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer; keep them up-to-date.  Visit OnguardOnline.gov for more information.

*     Don’t use an obvious password like your birth date, your mother’s maiden name, or the last four digits of you Social Security number.

*     Keep your personal information in a secure place at home, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help, or are having work done in  your home.

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